Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory by Qwo-Li Driskill

By Qwo-Li Driskill

In Cherokee Asegi udanto refers to those who both fall outdoors of men’s and women’s roles or who combine men’s and women’s roles. Asegi, which interprets as “strange,” can be utilized by a few Cherokees as a time period just like “queer.” For writer Qwo-Li Driskill, asegi offers a method in which to reread Cherokee historical past so as to hear for these tales rendered “strange” via colonial heteropatriarchy.

As the 1st full-length paintings of scholarship to advance a tribally particular Indigenous Queer or Two-Spirit critique, Asegi Stories examines gender and sexuality in Cherokee cultural reminiscence, how they form the current, and the way they could effect the future.

The theoretical and methodological underpinnings of Asegi Stories derive from activist, creative, and highbrow genealogies, often called “dissent traces” through Maori pupil Linda Tuhiwai Smith. Driskill intertwines Cherokee and different Indigenous traditions, ladies of colour feminisms, grassroots activisms, queer and Trans stories and politics, rhetoric, local experiences, and decolonial politics. Drawing from oral histories and archival records with the intention to articulate Cherokee-centered Two-Spirit opinions, Driskill contributes to the bigger intertribal activities for social justice.

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